Sonja Hinz is a dancer, scholar, world-traveler, and physical therapist assistant (PTA). Sonja's fascination with movement began when she studied the Indian classical dance style Odissi at the age of 19 with Ratna Roy at the Evergreen State College. Dance has been a part of her life ever since, and she has experience with many forms of non-Western dance (Odissi, Flamenco, Hula, Bharatanatyam, Okinawan, Korean, Persian, Tajik, Uzbek, Afghani, Saudi Arabian, Moroccan, Tunisian, Algerian, Egyptian, Turkish, and more). Sonja received her Master's degree in dance ethnology from the University of Hawai'i in 2007.
Sonja finds the dance styles of Iran (Persia) and Central Asia most resonant with her own aesthetic style and preference for body movement. She has years of experience performing, teaching, and choreographing in these styles. Please use the tabs at the left to learn more about these dance styles and Sonja's experience.
Physical therapy is a natural progression from dance, as it further deepens Sonja's understanding of movement and the human body. It also gives Sonja a way to touch the lives of greater numbers of people, especially those who are in pain with injuries or have trouble with movement for neurological or developmental reasons. Please use the tabs at the left to learn more about Sonja's experience, interests, and work in physical therapy.